Building a better black hole with supercomputer simulations

Astronomers used a perhaps unlikely tool to understand what they saw in their historic first image of the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole: a library of computer simulations that mimic the black hole with millions of variations. Taking an image of a black holesuch as Sagittarius A * in the center of our galaxy, with … Read more

First Direct Visual Evidence That the Object in the Center of the Milky Way Is Indeed a Black Hole

This is the first image of Sagittarius A * (Sgr A *), the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy, captured by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). It is the first direct visual evidence of the presence of this black hole. Credit: EHT Collaboration Astronomers reveal the first image of the[{” attribute=””>black hole … Read more

Black hole science enters its golden age

For centuries, black holes were merely theoretically speculative ideas. This tiny sliver of the GOODS-N deep field, imaged with many observatories including Hubble, Spitzer, Chandra, XMM-Newton, Herschel, the VLT and more, contains a seemingly unremarkable red dot. That object, a quasar-galaxy hybrid from just 730 million years after the Big Bang, may be key to … Read more

How we captured first image of the supermassive black hole at center of the Milky Way

Sagittarius A *. Credit: EHT Collaboration / ESO. Black holes are among the most profound predictions of Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Originally studied as a mere mathematical consequence of the theory rather than as physically relevant objects, they soon became thought of as generic and sometimes inevitable outcomes of the gravitational collapse that initially … Read more

Black hole winds are no longer as they used to be, shows study

Credit: ESO / M. Kornmesser. During the first billion years of the universe, winds blown by supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies were much more frequent and more powerful than those observed in today’s galaxies, some 13 billion years later. Such winds were so mighty that they slowed down the growth of the … Read more

Science News Roundup: Scientists unveil image of ‘gentle giant’ black hole at Milky Way’s center; Intact, pregnant ichthyosaur fossil recovered from Patagonian glacier in Chile and more

Following is a summary of current science news briefs. Symptoms linger two years for some; inflammatory protein patterns may provide long COVID clues The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that has yet to be certified by … Read more

First-Ever Image of the Supermassive Black Hole at the Center of the Milky Way

By Linda B. Glaser, Cornell University May 13, 2022 This is the first image of Sagittarius A *, the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. Credit: EHT Collaboration Team reveals first image of the black hole at our galaxy’s heart. An international team of more than 300 scientists from 80 … Read more

Astronomers Capture 1st Image of Milky Way’s Huge Black Hole | Science News

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – The world’s first image of the chaotic supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy does not portray a voracious cosmic destroyer but what astronomers Thursday called a “gentle giant” on a near-starvation diet. Astronomers believe nearly all galaxies, including our own, have … Read more

Astronomers capture first image of the black hole at the heart of our Milky Way galaxy

First image of Sagittarius A *, the black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. Credit: EHT Collaboration. Black holes are invisible by nature. Their pull is inescapable, forever trapping any light that falls into their gravitational abyss. But just beyond a black hole’s point of no return, light persists, and its patterns, … Read more